Sustainable Development: Concepts, Measures and Conflicts (R-21)

Sustainable Development: Concepts, Measures and Conflicts (R-21)

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  • Thursday | 15 Jan, 1998
  • Mozaffar Qizilbash
  • Research Reports,Project Publications
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Mozaffar Qizilbash, SDPI 1998 Abstract This paper is concerned with tensions within and between notions of sustainable development (SD) It is argued that most definitions of SD attempt to avoid the notion of increases in the quality of life over the indefinite future, since it is not clear that such increases are consistent with the conservation of the environment. I suggest that such increases are a core component of the paradigm of SD. The conceptual discussion helps to separate out different sorts of SD indicators. I suggest that the tension in the paradigm of SD persists at the level of indices relating to SD because countries which are doing well (badly) in terms of current well-being and poverty eradication are doing badly (well) in terms of indicators of environmental degradation. The results do not suggest that the paradigm of SD is impossible to realise, rather they suggest that its realisation remains a difficult challenge. Keywords: sustainable development, well-being, environment, poverty, indicators. JEL Classification Nos.: I31, I32, O1, Q32 and Q49.